Babiito opt for regents to appoint Bunyoro Prime Minister, juniors

The Okwir (Chief Prince) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Eng Fred Mugenyi Rucunya (L) addresses a press conference in Hoima City recently (Image: Kazi-njema News)

The Babiito ruling clan of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom (BKK) has resolved to install regents to avoid administration vacuum after 19th this month (October) when the contract of the current Prime Minister (Omuhikirwa) Andrew Byakutaaga Ateenyi, and his juniors will lose validity.

The move follows allegations of a protracted ill health of Omukama (King) Dr Solomon Gafaabusa Iguru I.

To the ruling clan, given the Omukama’s frailty, he will be unable to renew the contracts which calls for a legally instated team to assent to them and temporarily take over such important decisions in the kingdom.

The legends will be mandated to renew the expired contracts or make fresh appointments. The BKK Royal Commission is also in support of the move.

During their meeting at Hoima Eka Hotel in Hoima city last evening, the Okwir (Chief Prince) of BKK, Eng Fred Mugenyi Rucunya, said that it was crystal clear that the Omukama was ailing and the need for the regents was an undisputable option at the time critical issues needed his consent.

Audio: Rucunya on regents (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The meeting was attended by some political leaders from all over Bunyoro, members of BKK Royal Commission and many Babiito clan members.

The Royal Commission Chairperson, Dr Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, said that it is normal that whenever a contract expires, the next step is renewal or replacement with a new signing.

Audio: Kaliisa on contracts (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Mr George Muhuruzi, the BKK Head of Regalia, too, seconded the need for regents and trashed the previous demand by the BKK Parliament to produce a medical report proving the Omukama is unwell ahead of any decision.

According to him, all the insiders are aware of him being unwell.

Audio: Muhuruzi on Omukama’s health (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Kazi-njema online radio reporter has learnt that the issue of contract expiration has triggered mixed reactions and meetings after meetings are happening to make a gentle exit or retention of offices.

Reports indicate that numerous options are being explored for and against continuing with the current administration after contract expiration basing on one’s position.

Mr Byakutaaga’s administration as Omuhikirwa has lasted for four years after the controversial exit of Mr Norman Lukumu, who is now chasing for Bugungu cultural institution creation and leadership.

In his ending term of office, Mr Byakutaaga has been credited for expanding the kingdom links at home and to the diaspora, establishing a streamlined administration structure and promoting BKK’s corporate image.

He has, however, been criticised for exhibiting limited transparency and accountability in relation to the created links and mobilised funds.

At the beginning of this year, Mr Byakutaaga was once quoted by Kazi-njema News saying that his term was characterised by sabotage from people including insiders, right from the day he assumed office.

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